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ESPN acquires NASCAR site

ESPN has completed its acquisition of, one of the top NASCAR information sites on the Internet. Jay Adamczyk, who founded the site in 1996, will continue to operate, which counts top NASCAR crew chiefs, drivers and owners among its regular visitors. The site features more than 1500 pages of content on the NASCAR Nextel Cup, Busch Series and Truck Series.

The site has seen tremendous growth in the past three years and is now considered one of the most influential Web sites in the sport. It will remain an independent entity on and complement the site’s revamped NASCAR editorial section.

The Web site’s relationship with ESPN began in 2004, when ESPN began hosting the site. Adamczyk and partner Mark Garrow will serve as contributors for NASCAR coverage across all ESPN media — including on-air, online and radio and podcasting.

Sony builds new HD trucks for Norway’s TV2

OB Team, the outside broadcast arm of Norway’s TV2, has received two new HD outside broadcast vehicles from Sony Broadcast, with all design, systems integration and project management handled by UK-based Broadcast Networks. The trucks have been used to cover Premier League football matches and cup finals, as well as World Championship Speed Skating.

The specified equipment includes Sony HD cameras, HDCAM VTRs, HD vision mixer/DVE, HD matrix, HD LCD Monitors, Axon interfacing equipment, EVS HD slow-motion systems, a Studer Vista 8 audio system, Dolby processing equipment, Newbury Systems audio monitoring systems and Vitec talkback.

Media Links preserves video quality for Sports events

Media Links, a provider of HD video transport solutions, has supplied MD6000 high performance video transport systems for a number of major sporting events, including the NBA’s All-Star Game Weekend in February, and last year’s 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament in Germany.

Turner Broadcasting System used the system to provide bidirectional uncompressed HD contribution and program links between three Las Vegas HD production sites: the Thomas & Mack Center, Caesars Palace Hotel and Mandalay Bay Hotel.

The MD6000 encapsulates uncompressed SD and HD video signals into IP packets for transport over telecom infrastructures such as 2.4Gb/s and 10Gb/s SONET circuits. With hitless protection switching built into the design, the MD6000 offers superior fault tolerance for a variety of network architectures.

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